Ride from Great Yarmouth to Spalding in memory of postie Robbie

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CHARITY riders pushed their bikes out to cycle from Great Yarmouth to Spalding in memory of a postman who died of cancer.

Ade Mills (44), of Wygate Park, Spalding, has been raising money for the cancer ward at Pilgrim Hospital in Boston, where his colleage Robbie Coates was treated.

He had expected to start the 112-mile coastal route on his own and be joined for the last 45 miles by his friend, Tony Quinton, of Surfleet, who has recovered from a rare form of chest cancer. But then the owner of the post office in Weston, Malcolm Smith, offered to keep him company for the whole distance and a friend of his, Mark Dean, said he would like to go along too.

More than £2,000 was raised, including £940 at Malcom’s shop. Ade said: “Two years ago I raised £1,479.35 for the same cause by riding a 74-mile round trip between Spalding and Grantham. I hoped we could get close to that figure again and have been overwhelmed by people’s generosity – and there is still more to come in.”

Ade and Malcolm set off from Great Yarmouth at 7.30am on Sunday, May 20. They were supported by Ade’s wife, Mandy, and friends in the support vehicle and had five scheduled stops at Cromer, Well-next-the-Sea, Hunstanton, Castle Rising and Sutton Bridge.

Tony joined them at Hunstanton for the final leg of the epic ride. Ade said: “We had a final stop at a very cold and windy Sutton Bridge before our final push for home.

“We were tired, but spirits were very high. We knew that a welcome home party had been organised for us back at the finish at Royal Mail depot in Enterprise Way, Pinchbeck, but one of the highlights was riding down West Elloe Avenue, where six of my colleagues had cycled out to meet us on Royal Mail bikes and came with us for the final part of the journey.

“It must of been a fantastic sight as the 10 of us cycled up Pinchbeck Road and Enterprise Way to the finish. Around 30 people had turned up to welcome us home.

“Robbie’s daughter, Natalie, was there with her two daughter’s, which was especially important for me.

“I would like to say a massive thank you to everybody who sponsored and supported us.”

People can still make a donation by visiting http://uk.virginmoneygiving.com/ADEMILLS